U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Emperor Naruhito as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie look on, while Melania Trump talks with Empress Masako, Crown Prince Fumihito and Crown Princess Kiko on Monday. Photo: Imperial Household Agency of Japan/via Reuters

Trump is first head of state to meet Japan's new emperor

By Jill Colvin and Darlene Superville

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Trump must be driven to be first otherwise why his desire to meet the new emperor before any other leader when Trump will also be back in Japan next month for the G20 meeting and could have met the emperor then, but probably wouldn't have been the first.

Japanese state visit then followed by this British state visit.

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Poor Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako - having to spend the morning with this doddering old fool who no doubt constantly reminded them that he was "a very stable genius"...

Gambatte neh....

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@zichi - yep... This is pure ego trip. The whole thing. Yesterday's sumo and today's meeting amount to nothing but trying to increase Trump's hat size. I really feel sorry for the school kids having been told to sit there and wave flags.

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Here's hoping Vader's Imperial March was playing.

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Well, it was mentioned that this trip for Trump was more about the "bromance" with his BFF Abe, rather than anything of real substance. It's a feather in his hat to be "granted" the first imperial visit and it looks to have worked to Abe's advantage.

You can bet Abe is going to get a rather large bump in the polls for this meeting and Abe will use THAT to call a double election.

That is PRIOR to dropping the hammer on the public here with the tax increase and lord only knows what else!

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Definitely NOT the best way to start an era!

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Maybe he got some new ideas for his parade plans?

I mean, inspiration is all he needs (in addition to motivation, education and whatever "-ation"comes to ones mind).

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I feel the message with all the "bromance" this weekend is to illustrate the "strong alliance" (ie power) of both countries to China, and also to help Abe get elected again.

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Trump just keeps on winning! Amazing!

Trump's "state call" opened with handshakes and greetings from Naruhito and his wife, Empress Masako.

Did Trump bow or shake hands with the Emperor?

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Empress Masako is a professional diplomat, everyone should know that.

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Very respectful and Presidential.

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Man they've gotta be hot wearing those suits.

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Evidently, they have not heard of Cool Biz (although Abe should know).

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How appropriate that President Trump gave Japan's emperor with a violin. I understand the he plays both the viola and violin, so it is a fitting gift.

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How appropriate that President Trump gave Japan's emperor with a violin. I understand the he plays both the viola and violin, so it is a fitting gift.

Has "Trump" embossed on the outside and made in China at the same factory as his clothing line....

Enjoy the ceremony and the strong bond that is being created between the USA and Japan.

One so strong even Donnie the Dimwit can't hurt it....

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Interesting to see the fawning coverage from NHK, compared to other news outlets. Why is Trump being feted as a king?

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If u become a president (well sorry it won't happen), u sure want to do the same and be treated in the same way but u just want to keep writing your hatred words.

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Trump must be driven to be first ...

That reminds me of Abe's visit to see Trump after the presidential election. Abe was the first foreign leader to meet him, and it set a tone for their relationship.

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I was watching this live this morning JTV /CNN and the morons of CNN failed to identify the Emperor as he was greeting Trump, instead saying that the Imperial couple were some "staffers" or something like that. IDIOTS!

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Why is Trump being feted as a king?

Because the American economy is in the stratosphere compared the the Japanese economy. Everyone here in Japan knows MONEY is the true GOD of the Japanese people. All the pomp is only to get a piece of what the U.S. has now, and Trump has a lot to do with turning things around.

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Trump being the first foreign "cough" leader to meet the new Emperor means that the only way forward is up. The riffraff is now out of the way and the Emperor can now look forward to meeting some real leaders of the world and having some adult conversations with them about world affairs.

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See how he patted the Emperor's shoulder?

Patronizing, ill-educated nobody.

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Is the Emperor being used to sooth Trump's ego and make him soft on Japan? I don't like seeing the Emperor used like that.

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